There was a fine third place for the Crawley men in their Division two British Athletics League match at Rugby on Saturday.
Bournemouth were clear winners of the team event with 348 points but the Sussex club just lost out to Kent A.C for second place scoring 280.5 point to Kent’s 284.5 points.
This performance has lifted them one place to fifth on the League table after two matches.
A little stronger than at their opening match last month they managed to notch up three “A” winners and three “B” winners with a double in the Pole vault as Leigh Walker cleared 3.83m the “A” event and all-rounder, Justin Tarrant, who was to pop up in several events during the afternoon, winning the “B” vault with 3.63m. Tarrant was also to win the “B” 110m hurdles in 15.88m.
Paul Navesey, who is certainly in a purple patch at the moment, proved a clear winner of the 5000m in 14:56.95s and Scott Staples recorded a second javelin victory in the league this season with a fine throw of 63.59s.
The other “B” winner was newcomer Jack Avery who won the “B” 400m hurdles in 57.19s after first round winner Sam Shore was squeezed into third place in the “A” race in 54.38s.
UK Women’s League
In a tough Division One league, first round of the UK Women’s League, at Cardiff the Crawley team managed to stay clear of the relegation zone by finishing sixth with 138 points to Cardiff’s winning total of 207 points.
The Crawley team managed just two individual winners with Surrey newcomer Amy Allcock running a fast 53.61s to win the 400 metres and team manager Jo Rowland winning the shot putt with 13.54m.
All-rounders Rowland and Elise Lovell popped up all over the place during the afternoon collecting many valuable points.
Rowland however is looking forward to their second match, next month, when they will be performing at home.
Both Rowland and Lovell, along with Holly Turner and Jessica Lambert ran a cracking 4 x 400 metres relay for second place. Their time of 3:45.16s was some three seconds faster than Brighton & Hove’s 1980 record of 3:48.8s but Rowland is a Surrey qualified athlete.